FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, December 1, 2017
Announcing The Kindling Fund 2018 Grantees
SPACE Gallery is pleased to announce it has awarded a total of $65,000 to 13 independent, artist-organized, Maine-based projects for its 2018 cycle of The Kindling Fund. The Kindling Fund is one of eleven nationwide re-granting programs established by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. This year’s grantees are Yoon S. Byun, Mali Mrozinski & Jordan Gehman/Doublet Design, Cody Ross, Jenna Crowder/The Chart, Michael Gorman, Deborah Wing-Sproul, Alexis Iammarino, New Fruit collective, Juliette Walker & Devin Shepherd, Sarah Baldwin, Jessica Hankey, Pilar Nadal/Pickwick Independent Press, and Myron M. Beasley.
An outside panel of distinguished jurors selected the awarded projects from 40 applications submitted from throughout the state of Maine. This year’s jurors were Katy Vonk, a Minneapolis- based visual artist, librarian, and Visual Arts Fund administrator at Midway Contemporary Arts; Xander Marro, a Providence-based artist, arts non-profit director, and co-founder of the feminist arts collective Dirt Palace; and Derek Jackson, a Portland-based artist, 2017 Kindling Fund grant recipient for Hi Tiger, and founder/creative director of Hung Magazine. The jurors were selected by SPACE’s Visual Arts Programmer, Elizabeth Spavento, who administers the Kindling Fund in order to reflect voices with national, New England, and local connections.
“Now in its fourth year of grant-making, the Kindling Fund continues to offer new possibilities for artist-driven projects and activities in Maine. In a larger cultural moment where direct funding opportunities for artists continues to be at risk, this year’s important projects demonstrate the vibrancy of contemporary practice throughout the state,” said Executive Director Kelsey Halliday Johnson. “The self-organized artist projects supported by this year’s Kindling Fund play a critical role in both pushing artistic boundaries and reflecting on the changing world we live in.”
Former Executive Director Nat May established this grant opportunity in 2015, responding to the needs of individual artists across the state and Maine’s arts community at large. The Kindling Fund is a part of the Regional Re-granting Program of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, where ten other re-granting projects nationally fulfill a similar need. SPACE Gallery’s Kindling Fund is the first of these re-granting initiatives to be administered as a state-wide program, playing a crucial role in the greater contemporary art ecology of Maine.SPACE Gallery was founded in 2002 as a multidisciplinary contemporary arts center featuring visual art exhibitions, live music and performance, film screenings, literary events, and more. The organization fosters a creative platform for arts, artists, and ideas, presenting 15 exhibitions and more than 200 events each year. In 2015, SPACE purchased its building on Congress Street in Portland, preserving a home for 31 artist studios on the upper floors.